STEVE COOGAN (Beale) was born and raised in Manchester where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. In 1992 he won the Perrier Award for his show Steve Coogan in Character with John Thompson, at which he launched his character Paul Calf. He went on to write and perform in The Paul Calf Video Diaries' for which he won a BAFTA. Whilst working on radio, his character Alan Partridge was created which he transferred to television on the show Knowing Me, Knowing You winning Top Male Comedy Performer, Top Comedy Personality and Best New Television Comedy at the British Comedy Awards.
In addition to his acting career, in 2002, Steve set up Baby Cow Productions with Henry Normal producing several award winning programs including Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, The Mighty Boosh, Gavin and Stacey, Sensitive Skin, Dr Terrible's House of Horrible and Cruise of the Gods. Steve recently won his fourth BAFTA award for his comedy performance in Michael Winterbottom's The Trip. He has recently starred in Michael Winterbottom's latest feature film Untitled Paul Raymond Project also starring Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots, which depicts the life of the London porn baron turned property millionaire Paul Raymond.
His extensive credits in film include Despicable Me 2; I, Partride; He Loves Me; My Idiot Brother, The Other Guys, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Marmaduke; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smythsonian; In the Loop; Tropic Thunder; Hamlet II; Safety Glass; Night at the Museum; Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story; Marie Antoinette; Around the World in Eighty Days; Coffee & Cigarettes; 24 Hour Party People; The Parole Officer; Revengers Comedies; Resurrected; Wind in the Willows; and Indian in the Cupboard.
Coogan has also starred on television in such series and films as The Trip; Sunshine; Curb Your Enthusiasm; Saxondale; The Private Life of Samuel Pepys; I'm Alan Partridge; The Fix; Tony Ferrino's Phenomenon; Harry and Coogan's Run.